Sue Ane Langdon is an American actress who has appeared in dozens of television series, and had featured roles in films such as “A Guide for the Married Man,” “The Cheyenne Social Club,” “The Rounders,” “Roustabout,” and “Frankie and Johnny.”
Langdon was born Sue Ane Lookhoff on March 8th, 1936 in Paterson, New Jersey to Albert G. Lookhoff (February 26, 1901 – May 1, 1938) and Grace (née Huddle; January 12, 1908 – November 21, 1980). Grace Lookhoff, an operatic soprano, studied music at Washington University in Saint Louis and Juilliard. Her opera performances, beginning with her New York debut in Lewisohn Stadium, included appearances with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Three Choirs Festival (Worcester, Massachusetts), the Coolidge Festival (Washington, D.C.), and the Saint Louis Municipal Opera.
Sue Ane was enrolled at the University of North Texas. She was also briefly enrolled full-time at Idaho State University. She began her performing career singing at Radio City Music Hall and acting in stage productions.
In the mid-1960’s, she appeared in the Broadway musical “The Apple Tree,” which starred Alan Alda.
Her co-starring role on the television series Arnie won her a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress (Television).
In 1976, Langdon appeared in Hello Dolly at The Little Theatre on the Square. She was featured mainly in comedies as well as in an occasional dramatic film.
Langdon's film debut came in The Great Impostor (1961), starring Tony Curtis. Langdon went on to have leading roles in films such as The Rounders (1965), Hold On! (1966), A Guide for the Married Man (1967), A Man Called Dagger (1967), The Cheyenne Social Club (1970), and A Fine Madness (1966) which led to her posing nude for Playboy magazine. In 1966, United Artists Pictures released Frankie and Johnny in which Langdon co-starred along with Elvis Presley, Donna Douglas and Harry Morgan. Her later films included The Evictors (1979), Without Warning (1980), Zapped! (1982), UHF (1989) and Zapped Again! (1990).
Langdon's first regular role on network series television came as the third actress to play Alice Kramden in Jackie Gleason's The Honeymooners sketches and shows. Preceded by Pert Kelton and Audrey Meadows and followed by Sheila MacRae and Meadows again, she shared a Life magazine cover with Gleason promoting his 1962 return to weekly variety television. A premature departure from the role following a brief four week run left her mark on the American Scene Magazine era of Gleason's career a small one at best. The press reported at the time "incompatible personality differences" between her and "The Great One". Four years later MacRae took over the role for the color, hour-long musical versions.
was more frequently seen on the small screen in guest spot roles such as Kitty
Marsh during the NBC portion (1959–1961) of Bachelor Father. The next year, she
appeared twice on Rod Cameron's syndicated crime drama Coronado 9. In 1961 she made her first of three appearances on Perry Mason as Rowena Leach in "The
Case of the Crying Comedian". In 1962, she appeared as nurse Mary Simpson
in an episode of CBS's The Andy Griffith
Show. (Another actress, Julie Adams, also played Nurse Mary on the Griffith
Show.) In another popular situation comedy, Langdon played a scatter-brained
defendant on trial in a Dick Van Dyke
Show episode called "One Angry Man."
made her second guest appearance on Perry
Mason in 1964 as murder victim Bonnie in "The Case of the Scandalous Sculptor." Her third Perry Mason appearance was in the 1966
episode "The Case of the Avenging
Angel" as Dorothy (Dotty) Merrill. Other guest appearances on TV
programs included Gunsmoke, 77 Sunset
Strip, Bourbon Street Beat, Room for One More, Mannix, Thriller, Bonanza,
Ironside, McHale's Navy, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Banacek, The Wild Wild West,
Hart to Hart, Three's Company, The Love Boat, Happy Days and as herself on
Rowan and Martin's Laugh In.
co-starred in two television series in the 1970’s. Arnie, a sitcom starring actor Herschel Bernardi, debuted in 1970
and aired for two seasons on CBS. Langdon portrayed Lillian Nuvo, the wife of a
loading dock Forman turned corporate executive, and won a Golden Globe award
for her performance. Grandpa Goes to Washington, an NBC hour-long comedy
starring veteran actor Jack Albertson, featured Langdon as Rosie Kelley, the
daughter-in-law of an over-65 maverick United States Senator. Premiering in
1978 opposite Happy Days and Laverne and Shirley, the top-rated block of shows
at the time, her third attempt at weekly episodic television lasted four
months. A final stab at her own series came in the ABC comedy When the Whistle
Blows. A 1980 mid-season replacement, Langdon played Darlene Ridgeway, the
owner of a saloon frequented by local construction workers. Another rare
60-minute comedy, it lasted ten weeks.
was presented one of the Golden Boot Awards in 2003 for her contribution to
television and cinema westerns.
Langdon married Jack Emrek (born Robert J. Hanusek; 1920–2010) on April 4th, 1959 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The couple remained married until his death on April 27, 2010 in Calabasas, California. They had no children. Emrek was a motion picture, stage and television director.